On Being an Orthodontist
I believe that in every person there is a God-given ability or talent that, if nurtured, can touch and better the lives of others. I believe orthodontics is that for me. The orthodontic profession allows me to make a physical change in another’s dental health, which can improve their self-esteem and confidence in so many aspects of their life. I am very fortunate to be in the orthodontic profession because it allows me to make a difference in so many people’s lives, and them in mine. We make our patient’s smile, but they also make us smile!
The most rewarding aspect of being an orthodontist, for me, is my patients. I love seeing each person transform not only in their dental health and smile, but personally as they progress in life. As orthodontic treatment takes time, and I see my patients frequently, I am allowed the time needed to develop personal relationships with each of them, and I love being part of their life, looking forward to their visits as a chance to catch-up on their latest news and share stories and laughter with a friend.
My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education
- Undergraduate studies, Marquette University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Marquette University School of Dentistry (finished 2nd in Class, behind my twin brother, Paul, who is also an orthodontist)
- General Dentistry Residency / Hospital Dentistry, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
- Master of Science and Certificate in Orthodontics, Marquette University School of Dentistry
Throughout the year I attend orthodontics meetings, lectures, and conferences, as well as stay abreast of the latest Journals, in order to remain at the forefront of my profession. Keeping up-to-date with the latest changes, including technology and treatment methodologies, is essential. Many times it is important to monitor the new developments and wait a bit before implementing them, to ensure they are efficient, effective, and reliable treatments. I wish to use only the best, most proven options in caring for my patients; to do anything less is unacceptable.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
- Wisconsin Society of Orthodontists (currently President)
- Wisconsin Dental Association
- Northwest District Dental Society
- Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society
- The Earl E. and Wilma S. Shepard Award of Distinction (highest written score on the national board exam)
Away from the Practice
I grew up in Lodi, WI, one of five children, and have lived on a farm in Eleva, WI, since 2001. I met my wife while in dental school and we were married in 1987. We have three sons: David is a graduate of Marquette University with a degree in Construction Engineering Management, Michael is a business student at Winona State University, and Ryan is a CVTC student.
When I’m not working, spending time with my family is usually my first choice. I do enjoy running to keep in shape, and love the outdoors. I hunt, fish, and maintain and improve the woodland habitat on our farm for wildlife. I also like watching high school sports.
I am an active volunteer with many community organizations, and with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Mondovi. It’s important to be involved and volunteer in one’s community, because whenever you give of yourself, with your time and talents, you are rewarded even more.